Britain announced on Feb. 28 that it has given more than 20 million people at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with the rapid rollout providing hope in a country with Europe's highest death toll.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it "a huge national achievement" while praising National Health Service staff and others involved for "tireless work".
The number of coronavirus infections worldwide has decreased by 11% during the period of February 15-21, while the number of fatalities has decreased by 20% compared to the previous week. A decrease in incidence has been occurring for six weeks in a row, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) weekly epidemiological update published in Geneva on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Ersan Saner said on Feb. 19 that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will gradually ease coronavirus restrictions beginning Feb. 22.
After a decline in cases, businesses and economic activities will gradually open.
A curfew will be imposed between 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. (0600GMT - 0300GMT) on weekdays, except to address basic needs.